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Finnish hard rock act
has released their album
Welcome to the Show
Jealousy (feat. Brian Forth)
Living a Lie (feat. Marco Luponero)
Sunday Blues (feat. Mikael Söderbäck)
Päivänsäde ja menninkäinen (feat. Kristian Meurman)
I’m a Dreaming Man
Following ‘Living a Lie’, Franz Schubert’s ‘Ave Maria’ and Reino Helismaa’s ‘Päivänsäde ja menninkäinen’ comes “Nine Tracks”, the debut solo album by Gtarzee.
The album that features melodic hard rock, acoustic blues, a classical hit and a Finnish evergreen has already received praise thanks to its three already released singles of different musical styles.
Influenced by metal, a hint of melodic acoustic progressive rock and a troubadour flavour – there is a perfect mix – the dinner is served!
The main stars of the album are the guitars, the songs and the special guest stars, who are heard on four tracks; Brian Forth and Mikael Söderbäck of Forth, Marco Luponero of Marco Luponero & The Loud Ones and Kristian Meurman.
The drums of the album are handled by Forth’s drummer, Maestro Kari Storckovius.
The compositions and lyrics of the album are mainly written by Gtarzee, with the exception of Franz Schubert’s ‘Ave Maria’ and Reino Helismaa’s ‘Päivänsäde ja menninkäinen’ and ‘Jealousy’ to which Brian Forth wrote the lyrics to.
“Nine Tracks” is Gtarzee’s homage to guitar-driven rock music – regardless of music style.
The album was mostly recorded by Gtarzee in his home studio and partly in Soundwell Studio by Valtteri Kallio, who also mixed the whole album.
The album was mastered by Janne Hakanen and it is released by Secret Entertainment.
pays tribute to a Finnish classic with
pic by Tom Norrgrann
Following ‘Living a Lie’, the hard rocking debut single by Gtarzee and ‘Ave Maria’, one of classical composer Franz Schubert’s most popular songs, comes ‘Päivänsäde ja menninkäinen’, the classic Finnish ballad of unrequited love written by Reino Helismaa.
Freely translated as “The sunbeam and the goblin” the song tells a story of a goblin (he) who falls in love with a beautiful sunbeam (she), but he cannot get her because he travels in the darkness and she travels in the light.
Renowned Finnish singer Kristian Meurman, one of the finalists in the Finnish Idols contest in 2007 and known for his majestic version of Vesa-Matti Loiri’s interpretation of Eino Leino’s poem ‘Lapin kesä’, lends his beautiful yet powerful vocals to the song, that stays faithful to the original, but adds elegant acoustics and searing lead guitars accompanied by bass and tight drums by Kari Storckovius.
The song was mostly recorded by Gtarzee in his home studio and then partly in Soundwell Studio by Valtteri Kallio, who also mixed the song. ‘Päivänsäde ja menninkäinen’ was mastered by Janne Hakanen and it is released by Secret Entertainment.
Who is Gtarzee?
Gtarzee is Tim Norrgrann – the solo artist.
Tim Norrgrann is best known as the co-founder, composer, occasional lyricist, lead guitarist and backing vocalist of the Finnish-Canadian hard rockers Forth.
Co-writing some of their most memorable songs, Tim is building a reputation of writing songs that are melodic, beautiful, powerful and yet easy listening.
Tim started playing guitar early on, but switched to bass in the early 2000’s and joined two bands of different musical styles; the pop rock band Beneath the Bed and the progressive rock band Ethereal.
Tim switched back to lead guitar after joining the hard rock band Naked Idol in 2008.
Continuing his musical adventures Tim picked up the bass again and recorded the bass guitar for the song ‘Voittaja’ by Kultakypärä.
The song ‘Voittaja’ was the 2010 theme song for Fintoto (horse racing in Finland).
In august 2010 Tim picked up the guitar once again and formed The Roc with Canadian vocalist Brian Forth.
A few years later the band changed its name, at the suggestion of Tim, to Forth.
Up until today, Forth has released three albums; the debut album “Road Stories” (2014), the sophomore album “Captivity” (2019) and the newly released third album “Forth” (2021).
Now the musical adventures of Tim Norrgrann continue alongside of Forth as the solo artist Gtarzee.